Proposal for the PACROFI 2002 in Halifax

It will be12 years since the last PACROFI meeting was hosted in Canada and we hope, therefore, that once again the PanAmerican in PACROFI will be the flavour of the meeting. For this and other reasons, as listed below, we are offering to host the PACROFI 2002 meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, sometime in late summer (August-September).

Halifax is a beautiful port city steeped in tradition with many attractions to accommodate a wide variety of interests. The international airport is 20 minutes from the city and offers easy access from major North American and European centres. Thus, we expect a larger than average contingent of our European colleagues because of our east coast location. Several universities are within a few hours drive and many more 1-2 days drive. At the moment $1.00 US = $1.51 Canadian which will appeal to many of our American participants. Halifax is about a 6 hour drive from the U.S. border and there are also ferry connections from Maine to Nova Scotia.

The wide selection of accommodation is within walking distance of the venue. Accommodations range from traditional hotels to old style Victorian B & B and should appeal to all tastes and suit any budget. The available venue, within the modernized Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, is an excellent downtown location for the meeting. Numerous taverns and restaurants are located within a few minutes walking distance of the conference hall.

Planning for the meeting is well advanced and we have in place considerable support for organizing and running the meeting, including website design and program & abstract editing and printing. In addition, we have already received a verbal commitment for partial financial support from the Atlantic Canada Petroleum Institute to offset some of the nominal costs of the meeting.

Finally, spectacular local geology is available within 1-3 hours drive of Halifax for conference related field trips (igneous & metamorphic petrology, stratigraphy & sedimentology, Au-Sn-Ba-Pb-Zn-Cu ore deposits, structure).

We hope that participants will stay a few days after or before the meeting to enjoy our unique Atlantic coast culture and scenery.


Alan J. Anderson, St. Francis Xavier University

Daniel Kontak, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

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